The Hake Family

Fred, Elizabeth, Joffre Hake

Fred Hake was born in Buckland, St. Mary, Somerset, England on May 12, 1893 he emigrated to Canada prior to World War One.

In Canada he worked in the forestry industry receiving a special certificate as a “Logging Donkey Engineer” on 21 August 1913. On March 20th 1915 he enlisted at New Westminster and sailed back to Britain as a member of the Canadian Expeditionary Force from Montreal on June 17, 1915 on the SS Scandinavian. Originally stationed in England for about a year, he eventually served in France until March 15, 1918. He received his discharge papers in May of 1919.

Fred’s wife, Elizabeth Helen Brayley, was born in North Molton, Devonshire, England. They were married on November 5th, 1918 and came to Canada aboard the S.S. Haverford arriving in Halifax on May 18, 1920.

For the first year in Canada Fred again worked as a logger but moved to the BC Sugar Refinery where he was employed from1922 to 1937. Over the years the city directories list him as as a welder, mechanic or pipefitter for the sugar company. 

The Hakes initially lived at 6595 Fleming – their son Joffre John Brayley Hake was born there in 1922 – but in 1925 they moved a few houses along the street to 6559 Fleming which remained the family home until 1977.

Joffre John Brayley Hake married Winnifred Beatrice Mary Theresa Dalton on June 6th, 1949 at Saint Mary the Virgin South Hill Anglican Church, 808 East 50th Avenue. Winnifred was born in Ottawa, Ontario on July 3rd, 1928, the daughter of painter Stephen Joseph Dalton and Alvira Theresa Hayes. The Dalton family was Roman Catholic originally from Ireland. 

Fred Hake died of bronchial pneumonia on May 15, 1937 at the age of 44 in Shaughnessy Hospital. He was buried May 18th in Mountain View Cemetery in the same plot where later were buried Fred’s wife, Elizabeth Helen Hake, who died in on February 11, 1977 at the age of 82, Winnifred Beatrice Hake who passed away in 2001, and her husband Joffre John Brayley Hake, who passed away in 2002.

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